Tuesday, February 24, 2009

HiHo's Hors d'Oeuvres

Today I have decided to throw order out the window, go back in time, and post recipes from HiHo's recipe box.

Why would I do something so non-linear on a day like today?

Because today is a day like no other, a day I mark time with, a day that 10 years ago changed our family life irreversibly, when HiHo died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Today I am wishing her, and my brother, sister, and father; peace and happiness with music, flowers, and good home cooking!

One thing HiHo was notorious for was keeping track of what she served her guests. Every dinner party she even had was documented, with a list of the guests and what she served. She had notations written on the cards about where the recipes were found. The difficult part has been the detective work it took to figure out what cookbook or chef, for example, C.C. stood for. Better yet, many of her recipes were ideas written out on a recipe card and added to over time, so that there are no ingredients, proportions or instructions, just a written out idea of what she had in mind. So now I present to you, some of these ideas a card simply listed as Hors d'Oeuvres.
Hors d'Oeuvres
  • Smoked salmon wrapped around cucumber
  • Hearts of palm marinated in salad dressing
  • Smoked Oyster in top of slit cherry tomato
  • Pickled carrots
  • Chopped and sauteed mushroom sandwiches - extra thin bread, only butter, no mayo.
  • Roasted pecans
  • Pickled watermelon rind, wrapped in bacon, and broiled.
  • Cream cheese with chutney or sweet/sour mustard
  • Endive with pate dip.

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